Due to the rise in popularity of 8-string and extended range guitars, as well as the added complexity of learning scales, chords and arpeggios on the instrument, we’ve come up with a novel system for learning 8-string guitar scales and arpeggios using the minimum amount of scale patterns possible, so that you can get straight to the good stuff: making music.
8 String Guitar Scales
With so many more tonal options and fingerings at your disposal, I’d like to show the most efficient and least time-consuming way to learn a wide range of 8 string guitar scales in standard tuning (F#, B, E, A, D, G, B, E), which will both up your game technically and allow you, through consistent practice, to quickly gain a working knowledge of the most useful scales in music. Don’t worry about having to learn a ton of scale shapes as here we’ve reduced things to just three comfortable shapes that cover the entire 8 string guitar neck.
8 String Arpeggios
Executing arpeggios may seem like a daunting task on an 8 string guitar. In this book, we take the very same approach we use to learn 8 string guitar scales and apply it to arpeggios! This means that by the time you get to the arpeggios section, you’ve already done most of the hard work, especially the ergonimical and technical side of things.
In this book, we cover 16 scale types and 5 arpeggio types including the major scale and its modes, pentatonic scales, the most common seventh arpeggios and a selection of exotic scales to broaden your tonal palette. The fretboard diagrams you’ll find in this book are laid out clearly with everything being movable so you can easily transpose any scale, arpeggio, or mode you learn to any other key.
Related books: 7 String Guitar Method – Book 1